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COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Evolution of Bret Hart Toys from '87-'11

Nov 13, 2012 - 3:26:55 PM
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By Michael Moore, PWTorch collectibles specialist

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Action Figure Evolution #3: Bret Hart

(1) 1987 LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Series 4. Bret Hart’s first figure is one of the most valuable of all LJN figures. Only a handful of loose figures typically show up on eBay at any given time, and packaged figures are incredibly rare.

(2) 1994 Hasbro WWF Series 8 (Red Cards). This was the second of two figures of Bret from Hasbro, released as part of the “Red Card” series. This toy has darker skin, silver sunglasses, a pink top, and black tights. This also marks the first toy of Bret with four hearts on his tights instead of three.

(3) 1998 Toy Biz WCW Ring Masters. The WCW Ring Masters series from Toy Biz took a wrestler’s nickname literally and transformed him into that character. “The Hitman” toy wore Prohibition-era gangster pin stripes and came with a fedora and Tommy gun.

(4) 2006 Jakks-Pacific Classic WWE Superstars Montreal Screwjob Two-Pack. Bret was included in the very first series of Jakks’ Bone-Crunching Action (BCA) toys in 1996 and the very last wave of Classic WWE Superstars in 2009. His most detailed figure was released exclusively at Ringside Fest 2006, packaged with Shawn Michaels in a recreation of the Montreal Screwjob.

(5) 2011 Mattel WWE Defining Moments. One of the most emotional moments you’ll ever see in professional wrestling took place in 1997, when Bret and the Hart Foundation teamed up to take on Steve Austin and his team at In Your House: Canadian Stampede. The match took place in the Harts’ native Calgary at the peak of the U.S.-Canada feud. This figure presents Bret exactly as he appeared in that match, complete with Canadian flag.

If there is a wrestler you would like to see included in Action Figure Evolution, send your suggestions to michaelmoorewriter@gmail.com .


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